Keane Recalls Valuable Toulon Tournament Lessons

Michael Keane insists the chance to play in the Toulon Tournament is one that will serve any young player well, having appeared in the competition himself back in 2014.

Everton quartet Tom Davies, Jonjoe Kenny, Kieran Dowell and Callum Connolly are preparing to represent England in this year's tournament, which kicks off on Saturday.

Keane was on the books of Manchester United when he travelled to the south of France and helped a young Lions side managed by current senior boss Gareth Southgate reach the third-place play-off, where they were edged 1-0 by Portugal.

Playing alongside future Toffees teammates Tyias Browning and Luke Garbutt and twin brother Will, the defender featured in a 2-1 group stage defeat to eventual winners Brazil, as well as draws with South Korea and Columbia.

Now 25, Keane hopes Everton's current representatives at the tournament can reap as much from the experience as he did four years ago. 

“It is good to go away and experience that kind of tournament and play against other national sides,” he said. 

“You find yourself playing against teams from South America, Asia – all over the world – and the different styles they bring. 

“It is the kind of experience you don’t forget and when you get to the senior team, it can help you for sure.”

England open their tournament against China on Saturday (kick-off 2pm), before facing Mexico and Qatar on 29 May and 1 June respectively.

Keep an eye on evertonfc.com for news of how all our internationals fare in the coming weeks. See a full list of who is where here

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